“The Present Controversy in PCI”

“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9  The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church meets next week and will consider reports in the light of the public controversy following last year’s Assembly. They will be asked to reaffirm that the “PCI is a Confessional

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Insensitive Dunbar should stick to acting

I was alarmed to read that the actor Adrian Dunbar has blamed Brexit for the murder of journalist Lyra McKee. (News 2 May) Thankfully this ill-judged remark was counteracted by an excellent article by Paul Nolan, (Comment May 2) who reminded us that 160 people have been murdered since the signing of the Belfast Agreement in 1998. These 160 deaths

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EU outburst offened many remainers too

I take issue with your correspondent Sue Dougherty when she stated that: “Donald Tusk, President of Europe, has insulted all of us who voted to leave the EU”. As one who voted to remain Donald Tusk has also insulted me by his grossly offensive remarks.  Both Donald Tusk and later Professor John Brewer have not only demeaned themselves and the

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Horrified at bigotry toward film about conversion from homosexuality

Being unable to attend Townsend Street Presbyterian Church on Thursday evening, I watched the film about a homosexual’s conversion to Christianity on YouTube. The link can be found here.  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5FyFv_xCvE) I was therefore both horrified and disgusted at the act of sectarian bigotry displayed in opposition to the showing of this film. This film, set in the context of Malta,

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Brian Kennaway: Every effort has been made to coerce northern unionists into Irish unity by murder and mayhem

I refer to the article “Mary Lou McDonald: Way to peaceful united Ireland was closed to us before”. (Monday 21 January)  May I respectfully inform the President of Sinn Fein that she is incorrect?   During the debate on the third Home Rule Bill, Sir Edward Carson said that there were only two ways to make Ulster accept Home Rule:

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Is SDLP’s future a republican one?

I am somewhat bemused by the talk of the proposed merger of the Social Democratic & Labour Party with Fianna Fail – ‘The Republican Party’. The SDLP began as a political party emphasising ‘social democracy’ and ‘labour’ issues and not nationalism. It later transformed into a Nationalist Party, much to the annoyance of many of their members. If this merger

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